St. Joe Benton breaks streak against Lafayette

By Thom Hanrahan The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 4, 2015 - 10:28 PM



It took Lafayette and Benton a while to light an offensive fuse Friday in their annual cross-town clash. But once they did, the near-capacity crowd at Sparks Field saw some fireworks in the Cardinals’ 26-22 rivalry win.

And most of the second-half explosions came courtesy of Benton sophomore quarterback Cooper Burton. The Cardinals signal caller ran for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns in just the game’s final two frames.

In the second half, Burton said he took what the defense and his fellow Cardinals gave him, because his team didn’t want to feel the sting of an eighth consecutive loss at the hands of Lafayette.

“It feels great,” Burton said as he hugged well-wishers that flooded the field after the final horn sounded. “To know that they have beaten us all those years in a row and now to come out here and take it back from them this time.

“You can’t beat this feeling.”

Burton finished the game with 139 rushing yards on 16 carries and added a touchdown toss in the final minute of the first half. Nothing in the game’s opening two quarters hinted at what was to come in the final 24 minutes of play.

Burton – clearly the Cardinals’ biggest weapon Friday – only had 27 first-half rushing yards and was 5 of 8 passing before the intermission. But once the teams hit the field for the second half, it was like a switch went on inside the 5-foot-11 quarterback.

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